Málaga CF has only one rival left after this matchday to hunt down. The victory this Saturday against Mirandés (2-0) has left them with little mathematical options to achieve permanence with two games to go. However, the list of teams involved in the fight for salvation has been reduced to a minimum. Before date 40 there were six clubs that he could still reach, and at the moment he only has one left: Sporting Gijon.
The only team that the blue and white team can catch is Sporting. The rojiblancos lead Málaga by 6 points, the same ones that remain to be disputed. The only option that Sergio Pellicer’s men have to surpass them in the table is by winning their two games and for the Asturians to concede two defeats.
There they would tie on points and would decide the general average, because both particular duels ended in a draw (1-1 at La Rosaleda and 0-0 at El Molinón). Right now Sporting has a balance of goals for and against of -2 and Málaga of -6, a difference that would be resolved if those two blue and white wins occur and those two rojiblancos setbacks necessary for the match to take place. It would be necessary to win a clash by two goals to ensure success in the tiebreaker, in that hypothetical case.
If all these results happen, Málaga would be miraculously saved, unless Huesca also lost both of their games. In a three-way tie at 49 points, the Blue and Whites would lose out against Sporting and Huesca. Might be the cruelest way to go down, no doubt.
Malaga still has to play next week in victory against an Alavés immersed in the fight for direct promotion and on the last day they will have to face off at La Rosaleda against Ibiza, already descended. For his part, Sporting now has a difficult exit to Ipurúa, with Eibar also fighting to go up to the First Division, and on the last date they will receive Ponferradina, who has just signed his mathematical downgrade. Huesca, the indirect guest on this stage, travels to Lugo and closes the competition at home against Eibar.
As the day progressed, the results were eliminating possible candidates for relegation. On Friday, the leganes he won 0-3 in Burgos and embraced mathematical permanence. On Saturday, the Saragossa they beat Cartagena 2-0 at La Romareda and also fled from burning. And already on Sunday, the racing beat Eibar (1-0) at their stadium, the Huesca added a point in his feud against Ponferradina (1-1) and the Villareal B He also rescued a tie shortly after the end to add the point that guaranteed salvation. All of them have already confirmed their presence in LaLiga SmartBank 2023-24.
Málaga needs more than a miracle. The chances are slim, but you’ll have to fight it until there’s no chance. To begin with, on Saturday they are forced to win and expect a defeat for Sporting against Eibar so as not to be definitively a First Federation team.